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My faith is in our youth.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Jul 10. 25 Replies

According to a recent Gallup poll (…Continue

Tags: young, youth

Origins of Religion- Another Angle?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jenna Garcia Jun 12. 16 Replies

The origins of religion are thought to be rooted in animism and other primitive notions which our pre-literate ancestors chose to accept as part of the explanation for our very existence.…Continue

Tags: origin, numinosum, Wasson, hallucinogenic

Baptism in the sports locker room.

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Listening to ESPN sports channel on the radio there was an ongoing discussion about the practice of Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney conducting christian baptisms both on the practice…Continue

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Carl Sagan

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Mar 14. 21 Replies

Just read an article in the latest issue of Smithsonian about Carl Sagan. His application was turned down by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences back in 1992. Those against his being…Continue

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Ed commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"@ Unseen Free will is often employed without consideration of praise or blame. In fact, free will can be used outside of a social context. You can utilize free will alone with no one around so I don't buy into the praise/condemnation…"
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"I loved getting quarters under my pillow as a kid whenever I lost another tooth. Fairy tales can be supremely attractive even for some grownups. Mr. Ham is still a kid at heart I suppose."
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"If I already had 4 girls and another on the way would it be unethical to abort with the hopes that the next pregnancy would give me that boy I so desired? I have no problem with this line of thinking."
Ed commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
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"As a Pastafarian I must take issue with your ban on religion."
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Atheist gives 'historic' invocation in Greece

Dan Courtney of Hamlin became the first atheist to deliver a secular opening invocation before the Greece (New York) Town Board.http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/07/14/town-greece-dan-courtney-prayer-athiest/12650143/See More
Ed replied to ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's discussion '10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting ETs and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh'
"Davis, I could be one of those duped by myth. I suspect we have yet to tap into the full capabilities of our brain. Aspects of brain capacity are interesting. How does the current world chess champion possess the ability to play twenty chess matches…"
Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'Venison anyone?'
"Had deer meat in my stir fry w/ rice last night. Excellent source of lean protein.  Controlling urban deer populations is problematic & expensive. Introducing their natural predators might put the neighborhood a little on edge. As a hunter…"
Ed commented on Heather Spoonheim's blog post 'Flies & Freewill'
"@Unseen "We have a methodology for judging people but no ethical basis for doing so. All involved are merely doing what they must do due to who they are. The thief steals because he is a thief, the judge adjudicates because he is a…"
Ed commented on Maxwell Marovich's blog post 'How To Come Out As An Atheist'
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Ed replied to ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp's discussion '10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting ETs and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh'
"Is it logical to assume aliens would necessarily have inflated heads? Who came up with that physical trait? We only utilize a small percentage of our brain's capacity so it follows that a larger gourd doesn't mean more intelligence…"
Ed replied to daryl sickler's discussion 'religion in general'
""innate spirituality" - that's opening a huge can of worms. Awe & wonderment of our universe, a sense of moral good, or a desire to be at peace with others are not innate spirituality. Like others on this forum I have not seen a…"
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Ed replied to daryl sickler's discussion 'religion in general'
"Dr. Bob, The Spanish Inquisition should at the very least get an honorable mention."
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Atheist gives 'historic' invocation in Greece

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 7:29am 0 Comments

Dan Courtney of Hamlin became the first atheist to deliver a secular opening invocation before the Greece (New York) Town Board.


Arkansas Legislative Update

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 7:40am 0 Comments

The signature submission deadline is over for legislative initiatives to be included in the fall ballot and the results:

1. Statewide sell of alcoholic beverages: well over the required 63,000 signatures were obtained.

2. Increase of mandatory minimum wage: same as 1. Arkansas is only one of four states that has a minimum wage below federal level and this legislation would increase it to a paltry $8.50/hr. Last raise was 8 years ago.

3. Medical marijuana initiative only…


The Catholic Hierarchy Continues To Crumble.

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 12:58pm 4 Comments

Well, well. The cleansing spread of toppling Catholic aristocracy has claimed it's latest victimArchbishop Jozef Wesolowski! He should be more than just defrocked.…


Cosmos Television Series

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:03am 4 Comments

I thought the latest Cosmos Series with Neal  DeGrasse Tyson was entertaining and successful. It was professionally done and I believe Tyson presented the material in a well thought out manner. Getting the viewer to understand the vastness of time and space in our universe helped reinforce the fact that our little orb called Earth is truly a fairly insignificant rock in the overall scope of things. His references to historical figures and their impact on our understanding of the cosmos and…


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At 8:54am on July 2, 2014, Seraphina said…

Thanks, Ed!

I'm up the walls with study this week but once my exam is over I intend to be more active in these parts :D

At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.

At 10:41pm on December 7, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

I'm surprised we weren't already friends on here.  Anyway, if you don't use a copper bowl then you need to add a little cream of tartar - essentially to drop the PH a little.  You also need to ensure you don't have a single drop or smear of yolk in those whites.  After that it should be easy.

At 11:17am on December 28, 2011, bob spencer said…

got it cheers




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